This look is classic, timeless and almost universally flattering! Every outfit tells a story, but this particular style is steeped in mystery and intrigue which draws people in like moths to a flame. The contrast of black and white, feminine and masculine with solids and geometric shapes sends a mixed message to onlookers, and in my experience they want to get to the bottom of it. “Who is that woman?” This look is bold, confident and although it appears reserved, it radiates sex appeal.
The woman who wears this look is comfortable with her sexuality and can rock the subtlety of female curves buttoned up under a gentlemen’s clothes. She is a #GIRLBOSS and the queen of her domain. She dreams big. Her vision is broad and she is unapologetic about the vast scale of her desires. She wants what she wants when she wants it. She is success personified.
This look is my nod to the glamour of the silver screen in the 1930’s when stars like Marlene Deitrich were challenging social norms and the ideals of beauty by wearing what was traditionally men’s clothing and titillating the masses. It was part of a great movement in women’s fashion.
The look radiates a powerfulness which contrary to popular belief, does not come from the idea that women become more powerful when they look like a man, it comes from the fact that she is boldly defying tradition and re-defining feminism and beauty. She is braking free of the old fashioned idea that says pink is for girls and blue is for boys and saying “Hey ladies, wear whatever the f*ck you want!”.
I chose the Manitoba Legislative Building for this shoot for it’s epic proportions, gorgeous marble architecture and masculine and feminine contrasts. I also chose it because just like this style, it is full of mystery and intrigue. It is said that it’s architecture is filled with Freemason symbolism. There is ongoing debate about the repeating use of the number 13 symbolizing good luck for the ancient Egyptians, and bad luck for the ancient Romans who hoped that honouring the number would counter its curse.
It appears to be an unsolvable mystery, but just like this very classic look, it makes a statement and commands respect and attention.
PHOTOS BY: Michael Sanders of Electric Monk Media
HAIR & MAKEUP BY: Patron of Dreams
STYLING BY: Patron of Dreams
VINTAGE: Wide-leg trousers, pearl tie, 100% wool coat by Hudson’s Bay Company (Made in Canada), hair pin.
THRIFT: Shoes by Twenty One from Buffalo Exchange (Phoenix, AZ), blazer by Maurices, clutch by Smart Set
Black satin blouse from Para Mix, pearl and rhinestone earrings and necklace (worn as bracelet) from Target, suspenders from Urban Behaviour